I met with my martial arts instructor – Chief Daniels – on Friday. The purpose of the meeting was two-fold. I wanted him to know I was committed to everything it will take for me to achieve my brown belt. And I also wanted to know he was personally committed to helping me get there.
I have been training for 7 years. Last year, I had to take a break for 6 months due to my tropical illness, and I also take one week breaks a few times a year for business travel. I was concerned that I felt stuck since I have not progressed in belts / stripes on my red belt for more than one year. I have never approached Chief to discuss my progress before. I have trusted that he knew what I needed to learn, and how hard to push me, and I have always felt I was learning. This time felt different so I scheduled a formal meeting.
We met on Friday – scheduled for 30 minutes – and we spent 90 minutes talking. It was terrific! We talked about where I am. We both made the commitment I was looking for. And more importantly, we talked about philosophy of making goals and tracking goals and holding ourselves personally accountable.
He set a date for a test for my final stripe on my red belt, and a date for my brown belt test. This is all dependent on my learning the final moves required and of course my ongoing training and focus.
I feel energized. And nervous. And excited. I have a goal and I am committed. Brown belt – here I come!
How did I get here? Indeed.